The breathtakingly beautiful North West region of Vietnam is largely unspoiled by tourism, with the exception of Halong Bay. It is definitely worth a visit to explore the stunning scenery of Ba Be lake, known as the Jade of the mountainous region, and to witness the majestic Ban Gioc waterfalls. Additionally, the pristine landscapes of Cao Bang and Lang Son are a must-see, and visitors can also be left speechless by the sheer beauty of Halong Bay.

  • Magnificent landscape of Ba Be lake - the Jade of the country
  • Visit Ban Gioc waterfall - the best known waterfall in Vietnam
  • Home stay in local traditional house on stilt
  • Boat cruise on one of the most beautiful place in the World - Halong bay
  • Spend the night on luxury boat in Halong
  • Great chance to fill your album with beautiful photos
Trip Length: 8 days | Trip Style: Off the beaten track| Trip Theme: Explore| Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi/Hanoi
Places visited: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake- Cao Bang- Ban Gioc Waterfall- Lang Son- Ha Long Bay
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hanoi, Vietnam
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Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind and rejuvenate after a long journey. You are free to explore and enjoy dinner on your own. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

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Private airport transfer
Hotel in hanoi
Ba Be, Vietnam
Ba Be lake, Vietnam

At 8.00AM, depart from Hanoi for Ba Be, where you will be treated to stunning views of the rural landscape along the way. Make a stop in the town of Thai Nguyen to visit the Museum of Ethnology before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. As you continue your journey, be amazed by the spectacular mountains and forests, as well as the charming villages perched on the hillsides.

In the late afternoon, arrive at the Pac Ngoi village of the Tay minority people, situated on the banks of Ba Be Lake. Take some time to freshen up before exploring the village for some sightseeing and photo opportunities. You'll be served a dinner of local delicacies and specialties, along with some rice wine, and enjoy the warm hospitality of your host. This is a chance to learn about the local culture and traditions. Spend the night in a homestay at a local house on stilts.

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Private vehicle
Breakfast & lunch
babe cuiser, Vietnam
Cao Bang, Vietnam

Begin your day with a serene cruise on the captivating Ba Be Lake, known as the "Jade" of Vietnam. As the largest natural lake in the mountainous region, Ba Be Lake boasts stunning emerald waters and rocky, forested islands. During the cruise, you will have the opportunity to visit the Dau Dang waterfall and Puong cave along the Nang River.

After the cruise, stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Cho Ra town before continuing your journey to Cao Bang. You will be awed by the spectacular scenery of the mountains and forests along the winding roads. Arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in at the hotel, and take some time to relax or explore the area. Enjoy an evening at your leisure, and spend the night in the hotel.

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hotel in cao bang
ban gioc, Vietnam
ban gioc waterfall, Vietnam

After breakfast, embark on a journey to the remote northern region of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads will take you to higher elevations, offering stunning views of the land. Stop at Trung Khanh, a charming mountain town, before reaching the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall, the largest and most renowned waterfall in Vietnam that lies on the border with China.

Next, visit Nguom Ngao, a magnificent cave located 5 km from Ban Gioc. This is one of the top tourist attractions in Cao Bang Province. Return to Cao Bang in the afternoon, and enjoy some free time to relax.

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hotel in cao bang
cao bang, Vietnam
lang son, Vietnam

After breakfast, depart at around 8.00AM and travel through That Khe and Dong Khe to reach Lang Son. Take breaks along the way to visit hill tribe villages and capture stunning photos of the picturesque Tay and Nung villages, dry farms, and terrace fields on hill slopes. The drive boasts particularly beautiful scenery.

Upon arrival in Lang Son, visit the central market of Dong Dang, which offers a wide variety of products. Check into the hotel and enjoy some free time at your leisure. Spend the night in the hotel.

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hotel in lang son
Ha Long, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Early in the morning, depart for Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the harbor around midday, board a traditional boat for an overnight cruise along the bay. Enjoy lunch as you cruise across the emerald waters, passing by uniquely shaped rock formations. Explore floating villages, take a swim, kayak through grottos to hidden lagoons, and visit unusual caves. Have dinner and spend the night on the boat.

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overnight on board
 Halong, Vietnam
Ha Noi, Vietnam

Begin your day with breakfast served aboard the boat as you cruise towards the stunning scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay. Enjoy a light lunch on board before arriving at the harbor around midday.

Return to Hanoi by road with a stop at a humanity center to stretch your legs and visit. Arrive in Hanoi around 4.00PM, check in to the hotel, and enjoy some free time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. This evening, experience a traditional water puppet show followed by a farewell dinner of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Spend the night in the hotel in Hanoi.

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hotel in hanoi
Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Sai Gon, Vietnam

You have the morning free to relax until it's time to transfer to the airport for your next flight. (Please note that check-out time is at 12:00 pm.) This marks the end of our service.

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Breakfast &lunch

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Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
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  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges


  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

Weather: The weather in this part of Southeast Asia is varied depening on the region and season. In the winter time from Nov to Feb, the temperature in some area such as North Vietnam, especially mountainous areas can be as low as 2-4 Degree Celsius (35 Degree Fahrenheit) and pretty cold. Other parts can be warm with temperature up to 36 Degree Celsius or more (96 Degree Fahrenheit). So, to know the weather condition of destination you visit, please consult our travel consultant or you can check it here on our website

What to take: What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. It is advisable to have your backpack or suitcase with wheels. An overnight bag with a shoulder strap or little backpacks is convenient to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Warm clothes and light jacket are needed for the North Vietnam and northern Lao during the winter time from November to March. Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.

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